PlayStation 4

Sony's fourth home video game console, part of the eighth generation of consoles

The PlayStation 4 (also known by the abbreviated name PS4)[6][7] is the fourth home video game console produced by Sony Computer Entertainment and is not compatible with the PlayStation 3. It was officially announced at a press conference on February 20, 2013 and launched on November 15, 2013. The PlayStation 4 was discontinued in Japan on 5 January 2021.

PlayStation 4
PlayStation 4 console with DualShock 4 controller and PlayStation Camera
DeveloperSony Computer Entertainment
ManufacturerSony Computer Entertainment
Product familyPlayStation
TypeVideo game console
GenerationEighth generation
Release dateOriginal Model:
  • CHN: March 20, 2015
PS4 Slim:
  • WW: September 15, 2016
  • IND: February 2, 2017
PS4 Pro:
  • WW: November 10, 2016
  • IND: February 2, 2017
Lifespan2013-2025
Introductory priceUS$399/€399/£349/¥38,980
DiscontinuedJapan: January 5, 2021 (all models except PS4 Slim)
Units sold106 million (as of December 31, 2019)
Units shipped113.6 million (as of September 30, 2020)
MediaBlu-ray Disc, DVD, USB Storage
Operating systemPlayStation 4 system software
Memory8 GB GDDR5 (unified)
StorageHard drive, 500GB, 1TB (user upgradeable)
Display
Video output formats
GraphicsSemi-custom AMD Radeon GPU (integrated into APU)
Controller inputDualShock 4, PlayStation Move, PlayStation Vita
CameraPlayStation Camera
Connectivity802.11 b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth 2.1, USB 3.0, Ethernet 10/100/1000
Backward
compatibility
No native support
Cloud support planned PlayStation 2 emulating
PredecessorPlayStation 3
SuccessorPlayStation 5
WebsiteCountry selector

Sony focused on "social" aspects as a major feature of the console. Although the PS4 has improved social functionality, the features are optional and can be disabled. Users can create or join community groups based on personal interest. Gamers can watch live gameplay of games which their friends are playing. Online friends can join a play session via streaming.[8]

History

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Presentation

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Sony invited press to a New York City event on 20 February 2013.[9] The company announced the event on Thursday 31 January, inviting us to "see the future".[10]

Add-ons

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In 2016, Sony unveiled the PlayStation VR, a virtual reality headset add-on for the PlayStation 4. The PlayStation VR is not included in the pack. It comes with a Mono Headset. The PlayStation VR also has a PlayStation Camera.

Models

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There are three different models of the PS4:

  • PS4 (2013, first model): 1.84 TFLOPS,[11] 8 GB GDDR5 RAM, 256 MB DDR3 RAM, 2 x USB 3.0,[12] 500 GB storage, 399 €.
  • PS4 Slim (2016, replaced PS4): Same technical specifications, smaller housing, more quiet and more energy efficient in operation, 500 GB or 1 TB storage, 249 € (500 GB model), 299 € (1 TB model).
  • PS4 Pro (2016, more powerful model): 4.198 TFLOPS,[13] 8 GB GDDR5 RAM, 1 GB DDR3 RAM, more powerful GPU, higher clocked CPU, 3 x USB 3.1,[14] 1 TB storage, 399 €.
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References

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  1. 1.0 1.1 O'Brien, Terrence (20 August 2013). "PlayStation 4 hitting shelves on November 15th in the US for $399, November 29th in Europe". Engadget. AOL. Archived from the original on August 20, 2013. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
  2. Mohamed N Al Khan (September 26, 2013). "Games13: Let the video games begin". The National. Retrieved September 30, 2013.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Leandre, Kenn (September 18, 2013). "PlayStation 4 Asia Launch Date Announced". IGN Asia. IGN Entertaintment, Inc. Retrieved September 18, 2013.
  4. Desai, Sameer (September 30, 2013). "Sony's PS4 preorder page for India is live, mentions 2013 release". MCV India. Archived from the original on October 2, 2013. Retrieved September 30, 2013.
  5. Phillips, Tom (September 9, 2013). "PlayStation 4 won't launch in Japan until February 2014". Eurogamer. Eurogamer Network. Archived from the original on September 9, 2013. Retrieved September 9, 2013.
  6. "The Next PlayStation is Called Orbis, Sources Say. Here are the Details".
  7. "Orbis SCE DevNet". Archived from the original on 2013-01-27. Retrieved 2013-02-05.
  8. Isabelle Tomatis. PS4's Share Play feature in action Archived October 27, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, blog.eu.playstation.com, October 24, 2014.
  9. "Sony to show the 'future' Feb. 20, could it be the PlayStation 4?".
  10. "PS4 release date, news and rumours".
  11. "PS4 Pro vs PS4: Which PlayStation console is right for you". Trusted Reviews. 2019-08-10. Retrieved 2020-07-16.
  12. "PS4: Release, Spiele, Controller, Hardware, Features - Alle Infos zum Launch der PlayStation 4". PC GAMES (in German). 2013-11-13. Retrieved 2020-07-16.
  13. "AMD Playstation 4 Pro GPU Specs". TechPowerUp. Retrieved 2020-07-16.
  14. "PS4 Pro: Elf Fragen zur neuen Super-Konsole". computerbild.de (in German). Retrieved 2020-07-16.